Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has been suspended from the Dáil over allegations he made about the new Secretary General at the Department of Finance.

Mr Doherty told the Dáil that John Moran had headed up a company that was censured by a US watchdog agency.

However, a Department of Finance spokesperson said that the events cited by the US Securities and Exchange Commission had occurred in the New York office of Zurich Capital Markets before Mr Moran joined that office.

He said Mr Moran had been tasked to resolve the issue, and that the censure by the Commission was delivered after he had left the company.